If you or someone you know has celiac disease or needs to maintain a gluten-free diet, you know that the task of finding baked goods that are both delicious and safe can be daunting.
Opening in the summer of 2010 BareNaked Bakery in Bellmore has taken on the task of creating some of the most delicious gluten-free and nut-free options that Long Island has to offer. Open 7 days a week, BareNaked Bakery offers options for breakfast, lunch and dinner with items like bagels, pizza, paninis, pastries and vegan dishes as well! Fresh baked pastries are a perfect addition to any menu option – and obviously, just as good on their own. Rainbow cookies, black and white cookies, cupcakes, canolis, all of the delicious bakery treats you've been missing in the gluten-free world.
Everything at BareNaked Bakery is made in-house. And while major supermarkets are starting to make it easier to find gluten-free options nothing can compare to the freshly baked, delicious, loaves of bread offered at BareNaked. Offering more than just gluten-free sandwich bread, BareNaked Bakery also offers “mock rye bread,” cinnamon raisin bread and multigrain bread. Once you've tasted the bakery's fresh breads it’s almost impossible to go back to the generic store-bought versions. If you can't make it into the store to get your hands on these goodies, have no fear, head over to the online store.
Not only does BareNaked Bakery offer healthy, and guaranteed nut-free, gluten-free fare, they also offer in-house cooking classes. Open to “chefs” of all skill levels, these classes teach you the basics on cooking and baking gluten-free treats. If you aren't quite at the mastery level, no worries, they offer gluten-free pre-packaged flour, cookie and cake mixes for a fool proof baking session. If you're not so into cooking yourself BareNaked also caters with options for breakfast events, “tea parties” appetizers and main dishes.
Celebrating their 5th anniversary this year, BareNaked Bakery will be hosting an exciting in-store event to honor the milestone on Saturday, August 15th from 11-3pm. This event is open to the public and there will be a discount on items throughout the store as well as live music and raffles.
BareNaked Bakery is located at 2572 Merrick Road in Bellmore, and is open 7 days a week. Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm, and Sundays 9am-5pm. For more information visit barenakebakery.com. Good to know: Debit cards are accepted with a $10 minimum purchase.
Photo: Maggie Peikon